Thursday, March 27, 2014

8:30 Tip Off on a School Night

A dear friend of our family has season tickets to the Utah Jazz.  She is the ultimate fan and its darling.  The problem with season tickets is that there are a LOT of games.  In the past she used to give my dad the tickets she couldn't use because she had a conflict that night.  He in turn would give them to my brothers in law since he couldn't walk up the stairs or sit in those seats for so long. 

After Pops died she asked my sister if he had ever used those tickets and she told her that he had given them to whoever could go.  So K said that we still needed to get her extra tickets.  This year on top of her tickets she had gotten promotional tickets for quite a few of the games that she gave us.  Back in January, Keegan and I had gone to a game which happened to be the one where they retired Jerry Sloan's jersey.  I loved that game because I was Jazz fan in the 90's when it was Stockton and Malone. They were both at the game along with a lot of former players.  We had a blast and Keegan found out he really liked going to basketball games.  I told him we had another set of tickets and he was so excited.

I put the date of the game on my calendar but didn't pay much attention to the time.  Then I looked the other day and gasped when I saw that tip off was at 8:30 PM.  The previous game had the same time but it was a Friday night so no biggie.  This game was on a Wednesday!  And a Wednesday after a very long day at work. And a day where Keegan had woken up at 4:30 AM with a nightmare and not gone back to sleep.

So yes, I dragged my kid out on a school night to see a basketball game.  Judge away but I would do it again. 

Walking from the parking lot to the stadium he chatted non-stop.  His eyes were glowing and he couldn't wait to get in there.  He was really hoping the Jazz would win (they lost the last game).

As promised we got him some treats- I was hoping for a beer but ran out of hands- and found our seats.  K has really nice seats for upper bowl. 

For a kid who has sensory issues, it is amazing to watch him get into all the chaos of a stadium game.  He loves when they play the defense music and show the pictures on the jumbo tron.  He watches for cues to yell louder and goes right along with it.  He is a much better date for a basketball game than his dad ever was (my husband is not into sports at all).

Originally I had thought that if the game isn't too close we might be "those people" and leave early.  At the beginning of the 4th the Jazz were up 15.  That would have been a good time to leave but we were having too much fun.  But then they lost the lead and eventually lost the game.  A friend of mine reminded me they are a young team and so that is how you can lose a 15 pt lead in 10 minutes. 

I did manage to get a beer at half time.  Draft Shock Top baby!  I let Keegan get a basketball (I'm a sucker).  As we were leaving I said "that was a good game even if they lost."  Keegan made me so proud when he said "It doesn't matter who wins as long as everyone plays fair and its a good game."  Seriously where did this kid come from?  He has grown so much the past 4 months.

So we might have gotten home at midnight and then he was so excited he had a hard time falling asleep.  I might be exhausted beyond belief today.  And I might rip someone a new one because when I am this tired I am grouchy.  But it was totally worth it.  Thanks K!




In other news:  1.Keegan has gotten above 90% on his last two spelling tests (really a big accomplishment.  I loved spelling, none of my kids do).  I told him if he did well he could have a treat.  He picked a frozen burrito.  OK then.  2. Brian doesn't have a job yet but has picked up some contract work.  I vacillate between feeling like it will all work out and having panic attacks. 3. Daniel is almost finished with high school.  He's been accepted to the U and will start in the fall- ugh two kids out of the house.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Little Get Away
















When I was entering the days off from school back in the fall I found that there was a rare Friday in which both the boys had the day off. I decided that instead of just just having an extra day off that we would actually do something. I decided to look at booking a hotel in St. George because its close enough (4 hours) but a lot warmer. Since Daniel had been accepted to SUU in Cedar City, I kind of made the excuse that we would use the trip as a chance to check out the campus. I really intended to have him do that but then he got accepted to the U the week before and that was his first choice. Back in January something made me think I should just get a room and pay ahead even though our plans weren't set. I'm glad I did because B got laid off in February and I would have decided to not go if the room hadn't been paid for already.


 Thursday night after Brian's phone interview and Keegan's play practice we jumped in the car for our 4 hour turned into 5 hour drive. We unfortunately hit torrential rain from Salt Lake to Beaver (yes we do indeed have a city named Beaver which is bad enough on its own but you have to go through Fillmore to get to Beaver. Fire away with the jokes we've heard them all). The rest of the drive was great. We didn't really have plans and spent Friday reading, swimming and letting Keegan watch Cartoon Network. Sometimes its really nice to just have a day with no plans. We did find out via FB that Brian's relatives were also in St. George doing the Red Rock Relay (similar to Ragnar but only 65 miles instead of 200). So we made tentative plans to meet up for dinner. Saturday we had plans to go to Zion National Park. Its about 35 miles away so an easy drive. I had wanted to get an early start but I know my crew; they don't do anything fast so getting breakfast and out the door took all morning. Additionally we ended up stopping at the pool for a quick swim before heading out.






My little fish.  He took my snorkel for the whole weekend.

 He is doing a "thumbs down" because I had taught him the diving signals we learned when we went to Cozumel.  He's not saying its bad he's saying hes going under.
 

 After we got Keegan out of the pool. And he did a quick organization of the room (he has this thing with organizing that is really funny but sometimes annoying)  We headed out to Zion. Unfortunately Daniel fell asleep in the car.  When he takes naps he wakes up grouchy with a headache.  The first bit of our adventure was wrought with teenage grumpiness to the max.  We ended up doing a hike that neither Brian nor I had done before.


 






 This is an example of what a grumpy 18 year old looks like.  Lucky for us some Tylenol fixed the headache and the hike out was much more pleasant.
 
 



The contrast from red rock to blue sky is amazing but even more so when the trees have leaves and add the contrast of the green.



 



Don't let this little guy fool you.  He scared the bajeebers out of Keegan when he ran across the path






















 I would have liked to do one more hike but the boys were done so we headed back to the motel where Keegan decided that another trip to the pool was in order.  I was thinking maybe an hour but the outdoor pool was really warm so we ended up out there for two.  Then Brian came down and told us that his cousins were back and they wanted to meet at the pizza place across the street.  We had a great time.  Too much sun, too much swimming or the Wendy's we picked up in Springville?  Who knows but Keegan woke me up at about 10:30 to tell me he felt sick.  Then proceeded to vomit all over the white duvet.  Wonderful mom moment.  Whatever it was it was quick and over.  He felt great once he evacuated his belly.  

I was bummed that we were losing an hour to daylight savings time.  But in the end it didn't matter.  They gave us a two hour late check out so we slept a bit late, got breakfast and still got in another hour and half of swimming before we had to leave.  We made the drive home much quicker since it wasn't raining.  And now two days later, we woke up to SNOW!  Its been a warmer winter so its fine.  But really I'm done with snow for this year.